Armed Robbery - Road R37 between Guadalejo and bridge | Warning

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Had a run in with 5 armed guys blocking the street between Guadalejo and the bridge, on the way back from Tierradentro direction Puerto Valencia and La Plata. They claimed to be part of FARC. They didn’t ask for money, but asked for „tarjetas“ (don’t know if they meant credit cards or ID). Didn’t give them anything, and managed to escape unharmed with some minor damage on our camper including three holes from their pistols. Police told us that there are some dissident left-overs from FARC still active in Dept. Cauca. Be careful and if possible travel in groups of several cars.

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The road to la plata fell down yesterday somewhere around this spot. Did not see any FARC related people, but you cant go through this road at the moment. Dont know how long it will take them to fix it. Ask locals.

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We drove from San Agustín to Parque Arquelogico Nacional De Tierradentro this afternoon. Around 50% tarmac and 50% dirt. More than fine in our 2wd Merc Sprinter.
Everyone smiled and waved as we passed. No issues for us.

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Rode from Tierradentro to Neiva via La Plata today Feb 21, 2024. Locals I asked say the road is generally safe ... for now. Good to get up-to-date info if you come here. There is FARC presence apparently staying in the hills. The road between Inza and the bridge after Guadualejo is dirt, but there is road works ongoing to pave it, so by the time you read this it MIGHT be completed!

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We passed Today, Sunday January 28, 2024. No signs of any type of roadblock, but there is FARC gravity all over in this area.
The road was fairly busy with various types of local traffic.
probably best to check with police and locals before you go still or caravan with others.

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Short update, the area is still unsafe, according to the police, and in the hands of the guerrillas.

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We wanted to go from La Plata to Popayan. We stopped at the police station in La Plata to get some infos about the roads. They told us that road and the one South (noted "rough road" on the app) are very dangerous atm because of armed guerillas. They told us not to go to Popayan via these roads but via San Agustin. These infos were later confirmed by locals. Maybe they just didn't feel comfortable to let us go that way and tried to scare us so as not to take any chance but we obviously chose to listen to them and we went to Popayan through San Agustin.

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We wanted to drive this way to get from La Plata to Tierradentro and futher to Popayan. Based on this warning we first went to the police station in La Plata to ask about the situation.
Spoke to several policemen who explained and advaised not to go. Found out that FARC is very active in the area, the most recent attack on civilians was just two days prior. Police told us that they might even have someone in the town, informing them when anything of value is heading to the mountains.
After leaving the station, the police chief reached us once more on the street couple mins later, urging us not to go there...
Safety comes first for us, so we did not go.

If you are thinking about going to Tierradentro, the least you should do is to visit the police station in La Plata and ask.

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Had a run in with 5 armed guys blocking the street between Guadalejo and the bridge, on the way back from Tierradentro direction Puerto Valencia and La Plata. They claimed to be part of FARC. They didn’t ask for money, but asked for „tarjetas“ (don’t know if they meant credit cards or ID). Didn’t give them anything, and managed to escape unharmed with some minor damage on our camper including three holes from their pistols. Police told us that there are some dissident left-overs from FARC still active in Dept. Cauca. Be careful and if possible travel in groups of several cars.

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